The Loss of Many, The Loss of One
Originally published in the January 2013 issue of Empirical
It’s August. The sea lies still.
The air grows thick and heavy.
Young soldiers reverse artillery.
“Tough” is the word that drowns
pushed to a pressure without a human
name. The spirit flogged to this:
for the kill, to face another face,
shatter its grace, less worthy, as
Is this his brother, created equal,
condemned for the crime of other?
to the head,
his own, crosses the divide to choice.
The land grows empty as lightning strikes.
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